One of the benefits of having ornamental iron fencing is that it is very decorative, with it being a fence that is often known for its style. Not only is this due to the look of the wrought iron in general, but also because wrought iron fencing is known to have finials or decorative elements on top of each picket. It's more than just building material, but decorative art that sets a wrought iron fence apart from the competing material. Here is what you need to know about iron fence finials.
Welded-On Wrought Iron Finials
One way to add a finial to your wrought iron fence is to use the welded-on option. The wrought iron fence typically has a standard picket with a flat top, which allows you to put any type of finial on top of it. The finial is sand casted, which means that it is made from a mold where molten iron is poured into it. The finial is then cleaned and polished so that it looks just as nice as the rest of the wrought iron material. As a safety precaution, an iron ball is typically placed on the tip of the finial so that nobody can be hurt by the top of the decorative item.
Your fencing contractor can let you know about your options for welded-on finials so that you can pick the one you want. Each finial will then be welded onto the fencing material prior to the installation so that it is ready to go.
Crimp Top Pickets
If you cannot afford finials on top of all of your wrought iron posts, another option is to use a crimp top picket. As the name implies, it involves heating the wrought iron and crimping each picket so that the top becomes flat and goes to a point. This gives the fence a more decorative look, but without any added construction materials or welding.
Plastic or Aluminum Finials
Still like the look of wrought iron finials but need to save money? It is possible to replicate the look with plastic or aluminum finials. They look pretty similar to the wrought iron counterpart from a distance, but they are going to be much cheaper to manufacture. The finials then either snap or screw into the top of the wrought iron fence to hold it in place, but at a fraction of the cost of using real wrought iron material.